Part 2, Chapters 7-9 Summary

Hanna’s willingness to admit the role she played at Auschwitz annoys the other defendants, and her continual contradictions annoy the judge. However, Hanna’s description of the events plays favorably for the other defendants: there were other guards on duty as well as an entire hierarchical system under which the guards operated. A mother and daughter who are survivors of the burning church cannot testify about Hanna’s actions because they were inside the church and not privy to Hanna’s actions outside the church. Likewise, the villagers from the area cannot attest to Hanna’s guilt without implicating themselves—if they were so close as to view Hanna’s actions, why could they not overthrow the five female guards and...

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